Meditation, why just 15 minutes a day can be healing ...
Stress is perhaps the #1 cause of most health problems. Stress is a factor in high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, hypoglcemia, arthritis, etc.
Meditation, practiced regularly, for just 15 minutes a day, may relieve the stress that eventually may lead you to serious health problems.
Who can benefit from meditation?
- The type A personality ; those that are always busy doing, doing , doing !
- Those preoccupied with racing thoughts
- A worrier
- A restless sleeper
- Emotional eaters
- Those who are overextended and very busy
- Those who overwork
- Those who find it difficult to relax
- Those who don't make time for themselves
- Those who depend on carbohydrates, tobacco, or alcohol to relax
- Excessively angry individuals
- Those who want to experience peace
One of the most effective ways to handle stress is to practice meditation.
It is easy to learn,
- Easy to learn
- Easy to practice
- You don't need any special equipment
- Takes only 15 minutes a day
- Practice relaxes both body and mind
- The benefits can be truly amazing.
There are a few types of meditation:
One of the most enjoyable types of meditation is guided meditation. It is done by sitting or lying down, closing your eyes and listening to the voice of someone guiding you into relaxation. After 15 minutes of listening to a CD, you open your eyes and feel refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated. In fact, there are many CD's available on the Internet that offer beautiful guided meditations that you can listen to in the privacy of your own home whenever you have time.
Another type of meditation is focus meditation. It is done by sitting down in a chair or on the floor, closing your eyes and putting your attention and focus onto an object or sound and relaxing into the moment. When done regularly, focus meditation can help you reduce stress and feel much more relaxed.
Another form of simple mediation is deep breathing: The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these steps to deep breathing, which helps your body get plenty of oxygen: ( check with your doctor before attempting any exercises)
- Lie on your back on a flat surface.
- Rest one hand on your stomach above your belly button, and the other hand on your chest.
- Breathe in slowly and deeply, making your stomach rise a bit. Hold for a second.
- Slowly exhale, so that your stomach goes back down.
- Repeat several times.
Meditation is for everyone. You do not need any special talents or skills to meditate. It can be done in the privacy of your own home or even while sitting in the waiting room of a doctors office.
Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only. We are not medical doctors or licensed mental health professionals. We are not trying to diagnose or treat disease or mental illness. Always consult your doctor before changing your diet or including any exercise or new practice into your life.